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Royle Family....worst yet?(83 Posts)
The last Christmas specials have been dire. The remaining four main characters are caricatures of themselves,and the complete absence of Denise and Dave's two children (even at their Christmas dinner!!) is ridiculous. It's become crude and embarassing,and Caroline Aherne should have stopped after The Queen Of Sheba,and just left us with fond memories.....
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I still enjoy watching my boxset of The Royle Family, and it's sad to see how much the writing has deteriorated.
It has just gone downhill , denise has gone from lazy mare to neglectful parent, she is just awful.
I agree that the characters have just become unbearable. I used to love the RF but the last few episodes have made me say "where are Jim's redeeming features FFS?", he's become really hateful.
I saw the ring replacement coming a mile away, hated the dating stuff, just found it embarrassing and I didn't laugh once all the way through.
I think the coroline aherne and craig cash have lost sight what the programme was about tbh, they should have a rethink if they are going to do anymore christmas epsiodes , one of my friends was so annoyed at this years she emailed the beeb
I am coming to this late as I've been away but was interested to see what the mumsnet jury thought of this as my DP and I both absolutely hated it. Such a shame... poor writing, characters have become parodies of themselves, their stupidity is utterly ridiculous and I felt uncomfortable watching - it had a 'let's laugh at poor, uneducated people' vibe about it. The cheese board witht the cheese strings, dairylea etc. - how many times can they try to get a laugh out of dairylea? I also agree that the characters (especially Jim) have become nasty rather than showing any endearing characteristics whatsoever. The utterly filthy house, the poverty played for laughs... I just didn't like it. The next door neighbour Cadging Carol was utterly ridiculous and over the top. The strong point about the Royle Family was that it was subtle and believable. This has been lost.
It was hated in the Wingedharpy household too.
The humour was always in the script writing as they never did anything anyway other than watch TV but this script was v. poor and mostly unfunny.
Regarding the borderline child abuse (kids making chips etc) that was always part of the script.
I remember Denise saying that someone had bought baby David 200 Benson's for his Christening present and how kind that was! (sorry MN but I think that's hillarious.
Oh god yes the cheeseboard "A bit of Dairylea and a smell of jigs socks" really??
If Barbara had said it as a joke then maybe but she didn't. It's just got absolutely stupid. Also a few years ago Denise cooking Xmas dinner. Defrosting the turkey in the bath... Ridiculously watery cup a soup... Just pathetically stupid.
I agree. They should have ended it with Queen of Sheba, not eked out lazily written "specials" with half the cast missing.
The characters have become unlikeable. Dave and Denise just neglect their kids, which loses all sympathy and doesn't make me feel like laughing. Jim is only just short of abusive to Barb, in that he treats her like a slave and is never grateful. The plot and characterisation doesn't even try to be remotely realistic and it's realism was its USP.
I'd be happy for them to show repeats of Queen of Sheba rather than hash out these watered down half arsed must-write-it-cos-I've-signed-the-contract efforts.
Don't even talk to me about the episode a few years back where they hadn't defrosted the turkey. I mean that's never been done before has it? Not since Terry and June have I seen such groundbreaking originality.
Once you dislike a character, it's hard to enjoy them. Unless they're played by Alan Rickman (but that's a whole other thread...)
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